Bone Loss and Dental Implants
When faced with tooth loss or tooth extraction, many people don't take into consideration the long-term ramifications of replacing their missing teeth. Tooth extractions are often seen as the most cost-efficient way to remedy oral health issues when the opposite is true. In the long-term, the initial cost of replacing a tooth with a dental implant far outweighs the cost of the treatment. At Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Kenmore, we want all of our patients to understand what goes on in their mouth when they lose a tooth, so that they can make an educated decision on how to go about replacing that tooth.
Why bone loss occurs when you lose a toothWhen anything in your body stops being used, it is at risk of atrophy. Think about the muscles in your body. If you sit in bed for long periods of time due to sickness and your muscles don’t get used in meaningful ways, they will begin to waste away. Once your muscles atrophy, they have wasted away to the point that they are no longer useful. For these muscles to be useful again, you must work hard to exercise and train them back to health. The bone in your jaw is no different; it requires constant feedback from the roots of your teeth to maintain healthy bone levels.
If you lose a tooth and do not replace it soon, the bone in your jaw is at risk of wasting away in the area where the tooth was lost. When you don’t replace a lost tooth with a dental implant, the bone in that area of your jaw will start to recede and lose density. Eventually, this bone loss can result in further tooth loss. Further tooth loss can start a snowball effect if you don’t take measures to prevent further bone loss.
Using dental implants to prevent more bone lossThe best method to prevent bone loss in the jaw is to have a dental implant placed in the area where the tooth was lost. Dental implants replace your whole tooth, from root to crown, and acts like your natural tooth. Dental implants ensure that your jaw continues to receive the feedback that it needs to stay healthy for the rest of your life. Additional benefits of dental implants is that they restore your ability to eat and speak as you did before tooth loss.
Using bone grafts for implants when there is significant bone lossIf your jaw has already experienced significant bone loss, and you would like dental implants to replace your missing teeth, we can perform bone grafts to bring the bone levels in your mouth up to necessary levels for dental implant placement. Dental implants require a certain level of bone health to help you chew your food and maintain good oral health, and bone grafts can help us to accomplish this.
Schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultationIf you would like to learn more about how dental implants can help you, call us today at 425.939.0545 to schedule a no-obligation dental implant consultation at our Kenmore practice.